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Thrive

Posted in Organic, Raw food with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by belltowngirl

I have always been interested in trying raw food and recently stumbled upon a new restaurant in Seattle.  Thrive is a new Raw restaurant that opened in December 2008 by owner and chef Monika Kinsman. They have an interesting selection on their menu ranging from smoothies to warm grain bowls.  I love their unique tasting smoothies…never heard of these type of ingredients blended before.  One of my favorites is the Celestial Sea($7).  It has fresh coconut water blended with coconut meat, agave,  cacao, mint, and Vitamineral Green.  Apparently, Vitamineral Green is a superfood product that is loaded with 100% organic nutrients (land vegetables, wildcrafted vegetables, algaes, etc.)  When I first tried it…lets just say that it is an acquired taste, but after three sips you can really taste the coconut and the fresh nutrients along with it – Very refreshing and different.  I like the fact that they offer free samples of their blended smoothies and other blended drinks.  As for food I tried the Awaken($7.50) which is a warm grain bowl.  It was a pretty big serving for a half size bowl.  Very tasty and unique…Bhutanese rice, Quinoa, toasted nori, scallions, seasonal veggies, avocado, and sesame-ginger sauce.  The tangy sauce blended perfectly with the rice and Quinoa.  You can choose between Quinoa or Bhutanese rice – I chose half of each.  If you happen to get this be sure to mix up the rice with the rest of the veggies so that the sauce syncs in. 

Celestial Sea smoothie and Awaken grain bowl

Celestial Sea smoothie and Awaken grain bowl

Next on my list is the Coconutty smoothie($6) and the Pastadoro dish($12).  Thrive restaurant is located in the Ravenna neighborhood across from Whole Foods.  I honestly feel great afterwards – I don’t feel stuffed or tired.  I highly recommend Thrive for great tasting raw food with unique ingredients.  Thank you Monika!

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive restaurant

Thrive website:  http://www.generationthrive.com/

Address:  1026 NE 65th St, #A-102, Seattle, WA  98115 (Cross st. is Roosevelt Way NE)

Hours:  Mon – Sat 7am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 9pm

Contact:  206 525-0300

Mediterranean Express

Posted in Mediterranean food with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my fav places in Cap Hill for very tasty and quick Mediterranean food.  Conveniently located on Broadway Avenue, Mediterranean Express is dainty and simple, but what matters the most is their quick service and great food!  One of my best friends took me there years ago and have been hooked ever since.  I tend to order the Chicken Kabob($9.49), Chicken Shawarma($8.99), and the Kafta Kabob($9.29)…but my ultimate favorite is the Chicken Kabob with their salad.  Now, I am a major garlic fan…and their salad is delish.  Their lunch and dinner plates comes with hummus, pita bread, and soup OR salad.  Garlic fans out there…choose the salad!  The salad is of green leaf lettuce, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers with a garlicy and tangy dressing – The Chicken Kabob($9.49) comprises of charboiled chicken breast strips which is marinated in lemon, garlic, herbs, and then topped with garlic sauce.  The charboiled chicken tastes tender and juicy and blends well with their tangy yellow rice and the garlic sauce.  Mediterranean Express is on the expensive side, but well worth it because they offer large servings and the meat is tender and flavorful. 

salad - Garlicky yum!

salad - Garlicky yum!

 

Chicken Kabob

Chicken Kabob

I have yet to try their Lamb Kabob, Gyros plate, and Greek fries.  I never had the garlic sauce and feta cheese combination with fries before..but I woudn’t doubt it would be bad since it has garlic in it…;)   I personally don’t like parking in Cap Hill…go figure..so when I head to Mediterranean Express to dine in, I park above QFC and all you have to do is go down the elevator and turn right(just past Dominos Pizza).  I highly recommend Mediterranean Express for its tender and tasty charboiled chicken. their garlicky salad and pretty quick service to boot!

Mediterranean Express website:  http://www.medexpress-seattle.com/home.html

Address:  1417 Broadway Ave (cross st. is Pike)

Tel:  206 860-3989

Hours:  Open daily from 11:30am – 9pm